Islamabad: The US is to appoint career diplomat Cameron R Hume as its new ambassador to Pakistan to replace Anne Patterson, the incumbent envoy whose term ends in May this year.
Patterson completes her three-year tenure in May.
"She deserves a less demanding job after three excruciating years in Pakistan," a diplomatic source told a newspaper while confirming that the Obama administration had selected Hume to replace Ambassador Patterson.
In the US system, however, the administration nominates an ambassador but the candidate has to win approval from both chambers of Congress -- in open public hearings -- before the appointment is confirmed.
Hume is currently the US envoy to Indonesia where he presented his credentials on August 1, 2007.
He is a member of the Foreign Service with the rank of a career minister, which is equivalent to a three-star general in the military.